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ePublishing with InDesign CS6

ePublishing with InDesign by Pariah Burke: Design and produce digital publications for tablets, ereaders, smartphones, and more
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Author: Pariah Burke
Published: December 2012
Publisher: Sybex/Wiley
Pages: 576
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I have been through quite a large number of instructional books like this one and have been extremely impressed with the quality! It is written well, with great care put into giving you enough background and just pure knowledge about the subject of epublishing, that when you come out on the other side, you really feel like you know the world. Certainly a great addition to anyone's library if you are even considering getting into digital publishing!

— Andrew Buchanan


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ePublishing with InDesign CC and CS6: Design and pro­duce dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions for tablets, eread­ers, smart­phones, and more

Create, Deploy, and Manage Digital Publications of All Kinds

If you want to cre­ate dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions with engag­ing lay­outs and pages that pop, let epub­lish­ing expert Pariah Burke show you how. This book pro­vides the infor­ma­tion you need to design and launch your dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing how to cre­ate econ­tent from scratch and how to con­vert print pub­li­ca­tions to dig­i­tal for­mats.

This book walks you through the entire process: plan­ning, adding mul­ti­me­dia and inter­ac­tiv­i­ty, and pub­lish­ing using InDesign. Step-by-step instruc­tions and hands-on projects help you quick­ly build skills. In no time, you’ll design media-rich ebooks, emagazines, ecat­a­logs, and more!

  • Explore how to cre­ate con­tent for the iPad®, iPhone®, Kindle Fire™, Nook™, Android™ tablets, and oth­er devices
  • Design, deploy, and man­age rich­ly inter­ac­tive dig­i­tal mag­a­zines, ecat­a­logs, ebooks, etext­books, and more
  • Produce touch-interactive dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and Aquafadas Digital Publishing System
  • Add audio, video, and images to your ebooks
  • Produce ebooks of the high­est qual­i­ty and max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with EPUB and Kindle KF8
  • Plan a PDF pub­li­ca­tion and lever­age its epub­lish­ing poten­tial
  • Learn to nav­i­gate and thrive in the com­plex land­scape of dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion for­mats, pur­pos­es, and view­ing devices

How This Book Is Organized

ePublishing with InDesign cov­ers three over­ar­ch­ing top­ic areas:

  1. The world and eco­nom­ics of epub­lish­ing;
  2. Creating ebooks, and;
  3. Creating rich-media inter­ac­tive pub­li­ca­tions.

Each sec­tion focus­es on a dif­fer­ent area of epub­lish­ing, from the busi­ness, mar­ket, devices and for­mats of epub­li­ca­tions, then into ebooks, and wrap­ping up with the area I’m most excit­ed about, ful­ly inter­ac­tive peri­od­i­cals, cat­a­logs, and enhanced ebooks.

The World and Economics of ePublishing

Chapter 1: Exploring Ereading Devices

The first thing to under­stand about dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing is what devices peo­ple use to con­sume dig­i­tal con­tent, includ­ing what types of pub­li­ca­tions each device class can sup­port, how peo­ple use the devices, and where eread­ing hard­ware is head­ed. You will find a star­tling array of devices on the mar­ket, but ulti­mate­ly there are only four class­es of devices on which dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions are consumed—ereaders, tablets, com­put­ers, and mobile phones—and the pros and cons of each, and which epub­li­ca­tion file for­mats each can sup­port, can be mad­den­ing with­out this guide.

Chapter 2: Learning About Digital Publishing Formats

Like devices, epub­li­ca­tion for­mats are numer­ous and var­ied, with sub­tle dif­fer­ences between them, but large diver­gences in pur­pose, capa­bil­i­ty, and device sup­port. Consequently, it’s most log­i­cal and pro­duc­tive to think of epub­li­ca­tions in terms of for­mat class­es, with each class offer­ing a par­tic­u­lar com­bi­na­tion of pur­pose, capa­bil­i­ty, and device sup­port. This chap­ter dis­cuss­es the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics and pub­lish­ing expe­ri­ences of EPUB; Amazon Kindle for­mats such as MOBI, AZW, and KF8; PDF, dig­i­tal repli­ca, inter­ac­tive mag­a­zine, and HTML5-based epub­li­ca­tions.

Chapter 3: Surveying the Digital Publication Types

Now that we’ve exam­ined the char­ac­ter­is­tics and capa­bil­i­ties of the avail­able dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion for­mats, it’s time to think about the kind of con­tent you want to dis­sem­i­nate dig­i­tal­ly. In this chap­ter I iden­ti­fy the pur­pose, char­ac­ter, and uses of ebook, dig­i­tal mag­a­zine, enews­pa­per, etext­book, and dig­i­tal com­ic book pub­li­ca­tion types as well as explain which for­mat class­es are best suit­ed to each type.

Creating Ebooks for Kindle, NOOK, iBooks, and More

Chapter 4: Creating Basic Ebooks

Whether cre­at­ing ebooks from TXT files or word proces­sor doc­u­ments or con­vert­ing exist­ing print pub­li­ca­tions to EPUB, the basics are all the same. You must learn to think in terms of EPUB, to reeval­u­ate how your con­tent is orga­nized, and to know how to struc­ture it using InDesign’s built-in tools in order to pro­duce well-organized, read­able ebooks. The yel­low brick road to becom­ing a wiz­ard of ebook pro­duc­tion starts with this chap­ter and pro­ceeds through the next sev­er­al chap­ters, cre­at­ing pro­gres­sive­ly more inter­est­ing, more mar­ketable ebooks and oth­er EPUB-based pub­li­ca­tions.

Chapter 5: Working with Images and Multimedia in Ebooks

Although the major­i­ty of ebooks are text-only nov­els and short sto­ries, a large minor­i­ty across all gen­res includes pho­tographs, illus­tra­tions, charts, graphs, maps, and all sorts of oth­er imagery, and even audio and video. Moreover, even nov­els and short sto­ries typ­i­cal­ly have at least cov­er images. Whether your pub­li­ca­tion mere­ly needs a cov­er or requires lots of fig­ures, cre­at­ing and using them in ebooks dif­fers in sev­er­al dis­tinct ways from cre­at­ing and using graph­ics for print or oth­er dig­i­tal for­mats.

Chapter 6: Fine-Tuning EPUBs

Successful, effi­cient EPUB pro­duc­tion begins in, and cen­ters on, InDesign and the tool set InDesign brings to the busi­ness of ebook pub­lish­ing. However, InDesign isn’t the only tool you’ll need to pro­duce ebooks of the high­est qual­i­ty, max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, and utmost read­er engage­ment. At a cer­tain point, you’ll need to go inside the EPUB to edit and mas­sage the com­po­nents InDesign can’t reach, often work­ing in con­junc­tion with the orig­i­nal files in InDesign to build an ebook that takes fullest advan­tage of eread­er hard­ware and soft­ware to pro­vide an ide­al read­ing expe­ri­ence.

Creating Rich-Media Interactive Publications for iPad, Kindle Fire, Android, Computers, and Smartphones

Chapter 7: Creating PDF Publications for Digital Delivery

Not to be over­shad­owed, PDF-format pub­li­ca­tions are still a viable—indeed, a popular—distribution for­mat. PDFs sup­port rich multi-media, hyper­links, some pret­ty cool inter­ac­tiv­i­ty, script­ing, reflow­able text like an EPUB, and elec­tron­ic forms. PDF view­ers are avail­able for all com­put­er and mobile plat­forms, though fea­ture sup­port varies by plat­form. In this chap­ter we’ll use PDF to its fullest epub­lish­ing poten­tial while defin­ing the restric­tions placed on it by cer­tain devices. We’ll also look at some suc­cess­ful PDF-based pub­li­ca­tions that have been going strong for years.

Chapter 8: Covering the Basics of Interactive Publications

In this chap­ter we’ll focus on the nuts and bolts of interactive-magazine design—how to plan and build the lay­outs in both Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and its lead­ing com­peti­tor, Aquafadas Digital Publishing System, adapt­ing one lay­out for mul­ti­ple devices and ori­en­ta­tions (includ­ing work­ing with liq­uid lay­out behav­iors to make that process as easy and quick as pos­si­ble), build­ing arti­cles and pages the cor­rect way, and fill­ing in the impor­tant fin­ish­ing touch­es.

Chapter 9: Creating Interactive Magazines with Adobe DPS

Now that you know how to begin and lay out inter­ac­tive mag­a­zines we can get into the real­ly good stuff—all the dif­fer­ent ways in which those pub­li­ca­tions can be made inter­ac­tive and engag­ing with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. From from adding ani­ma­tion and video to immers­ing your read­ers in 3D panoram­ic spaces, from includ­ing live Web con­tent and wid­gets to employ­ing advanced content-replacement tech­niques to put vol­umes of infor­ma­tion on a sin­gle page, lit­er­al­ly at your read­ers’ fin­ger­tips, we’ll go hands-on and step-by-step with includ­ing all the inter­ac­tiv­i­ty in Adobe DPS and then how to build a view­er app for your pub­li­ca­tion and pub­lish it to the App Store, Google Play App Market, and Amazon Android App Store.

Chapter 10: Using Aquafadas DPS to Create Interactive Magazines

Competing head to head with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is a com­pre­hen­sive but rel­a­tive­ly unknown chal­lenger from France, Aquafadas Digital Publishing Solution. Although not as pop­u­lar as Adobe DPS, Aquafadas offers a much rich­er set of inter­ac­tive ele­ments for incor­po­ra­tion into dig­i­tal mag­a­zines. Also work­ing as an InDesign add-in, the Aquafadas sys­tem is more pol­ished and pro­fes­sion­al look­ing than Adobe’s DPS tools, and, in near­ly all oth­er aspects, Aquafadas is arguably a bet­ter, more intu­itive, more fea­ture rich sys­tem for pro­duc­ing dig­i­tal mag­a­zines. In this chap­ter we’ll go hands-on through step-by-step instruc­tion for includ­ing numer­ous rich­ly inter­ac­tive fea­tures includ­ing slideshows and gal­leries, audio and video, read-along text, advanced con­tent replace­ment, Web and HTML con­tent, and pre-built games and activ­i­ties such as Sudoku, mahjongg, mazes, and more.

Aspirin-Free Workflow Sidebars

In addi­tion to the stan­dard tip box­es and side­bars you’ll see through­out the book, I’ve includ­ed spe­cial Aspirin-Free Workflow side­bars to call extra atten­tion to point­ers that will make your pro­duc­tion work a lit­tle less stress­ful and more effi­cient.